Wheel Study: Kromski Polonaise


I thought I would also write about the equipment that is used in hand spinning. Finding the right equipment for yourself is important.  I have had 10 wheels so far in my spinning life, with four currently in the house.  I miss a majority of the wheels I have sold, but there were at least two that did not suit me at all.  I did manage to find them good homes.

Researching Norwegian/Scandinavian spinning wheels has been a bit of a struggle. There is just not a whole lot of information out there on this type of wheel.

The Polonaise has the look of wheels from the Baltic area of Poland and Scandinavia. It has been said that the wheels have been built to be historically correct with such lovely level of detail.  A very good wheel for re-enactors to use.

Some of the features include functional wood threaded wheel angle adjustments so the proper angle can be obtained with the flyer. It has pin and socket bearings that support the 24″ wheel, with ease of treadling. The wheel hardware sits between the wheel posts; the footman passes through the bench to the treadle.


Wheel:  Kromski Polonaise (bases

Wood:  European Alder and birch

Drives: Double and Scotch

Wheel Diameter: 24 inches (60.96 cm)

Orifice Height: 25 inches (63.5 cm)

Bobbin Capacity: 4 ounces (113.398 grams)

Ratios: 8, 12, 16 & 20 to 1

Norwegian spinner & wheel

Young Norwegian woman in traditional dress sits behind spinning wheel.

Photo: National Geographic Creative Website




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